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A Salute to Hispanic Fighter Aces
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The term "Ace" has been used since World War I. It is used to designate a fighter pilot who destroys five or more enemy aircraft in aerial combt. The term originated in the French escadrilles (squadrons) of World War I.
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- Commander Eugene A. Valencia Jr. Navy Fighter Ace World War II. Commander Valencia is credited with 23 air victories in the Pacific during World War II.
- Captain Richard G. Candelaria, Air Force Fighter Ace, World War II Captain Candelaria was assigned to the 479 Fighter Squadron and fought in the European Theatre. He shot down six German aircraft. On April 13, 1945, he was shot down by anti aircraft fire in East Prussia and finished the war in a German prisoner of war camp.
- Captain Michael Brezas
- Colonel Manuel J. Fernandez Jr.
- 1st Lt. Oscar F. Perdomo - The Last Ace In a Day of
- Mexican Fighter Squadron
- Liberation of the Philippines, 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron
Hispanics in Americas Defense
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